Zac Brown Band Is Back 'Home' Atop Country Airplay Chart
'Homegrown,' the lead country single from the band's upcoming album, is its 11th No. 1.
Zac Brown Band completes its fastest flight to No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated April 11), as the pop-flavored traditional country "Homegrown" rises 3-1 in its 11th chart week. The song gains by 3 percent to 42.3 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music. (All charts will refresh Thursday, April 2, on Billboard.com.)
The group's 11th Country Airplay No. 1 rewrites its quickest sprint to the summit. The band had previously reigned in as few as 13 weeks with 2010's "As She's Walking Away" (featuring Alan Jackson). Not only that, "Homegrown" logs the speediest trip to the apex in more than two years. Blake Shelton hit No. 1 in just 11 weeks with "Sure Be Cool If You Did" on the March 30, 2013 chart. No song has climbed to No. 1 faster since Jason Aldean's "Take a Little Ride" zoomed to the top perch in 10 weeks (Oct. 6, 2012).
Zac Brown Band first led Country Airplay with its debut entry, "Chicken Fried," on the Dec. 6, 2008 chart. The band boasts the most No. 1s among groups since that date, with only two acts having logged more than 11 leaders in that span: Shelton (15) and Aldean (12). (Luke Bryan has also notched 11 No. 1s in that stretch.)
As previously reported, Zac Brown Band is also scaling Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart for the first time with "Heavy Is the Head," featuring Chris Cornell; the track blasts 10-5 in its fourth week on the ranking with an 18 percent increase in plays. Both "Homegrown" and "Heavy" usher in Zac Brown Band's album Jekyll + Hyde, due April 28. As Billboard exclusively revealed on Sept. 20, the set is the band's first effort resulting from the Southern Ground label's partnership with Varvatos Records, Big Machine Records and Republic Records.
Upon the association's announcement, all Zac Brown Band members sported designs created by fashion master John Varvatos. "He's got that on lockdown like nobody else," said Brown of Varvatos' stylistic vision. Of Brown, Varvatos responded, "He looks great, doesn't he?"